Lawsuit: Houston Methodist Induces Hospital Employees To Receive Coronavirus Vaccines
Around 117 employees fear losing their jobs if they accept the hospital’s vaccination order.
Dozens of Houston Methodists have joined a lawsuit against the Texas health network, which has ordered all of its employees to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.
ABC News reports that the Houston Methodist – which oversees eight hospitals and employs more than 26,000 people – has given staff until June 7 to get vaccinated. Employees who are not vaccinated or who do not attempt to vaccinate may be suspended or fired.
“Please see the Human Resources Policy, which outlines the consequences of not filing a complaint by June 7th, including suspension and eventual dismissal,” wrote Dr. Marc Boom, Houston Methodist CEO, in an April letter distributed to the many employees on the network.
At least 117 employees have now filed lawsuits against the health network.
In their lawsuit, filed in the Montgomery County Court, the workers allege that the Houston Methodist “illegally requires its employees to be injected with an experimental vaccine as a working condition.”
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The complaint notes that while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved various emergency coronavirus vaccines, none have received full FDA approval and license – a process that could take months.
According to ABC News, the lawsuit also alleges that the Houston Methodist’s vaccination policy violates the Nuremberg Code, a medical code of ethics that prohibits forced medical experimentation and requires that anyone involved in such experiments be voluntary.
Jared Woodfill, a workers attorney, told ABC that the Houston Methodist is not trying to protect its employees or patients by ordering them to have a vaccine. Instead, the company is trying to increase its profit margins.
“To promote their business and increase profits at the expense of other health care providers and the health of their employees, the defendants publicly advertise that they ‘urge all employees and employed doctors to receive a COVID-19 vaccine'”, Woodfill told ABC. “The defendant’s employees are even more clearly forced to act as human ‘guinea pigs’ in order to increase the defendant’s profits.”
“It is a grave and blatant violation of the Nuremberg Code and the public order of the State of Texas,” he added.
Dr. Boom, notes ABC, told the network that employees do not need to be vaccinated when requesting a medical or religious exemption.
Boom also pointed out that roughly 99% of Houston Methodist employees are already vaccinated – and that it is only a very small minority who have problems with the network’s vaccination mandate.
“It is unfortunate that the few remaining staff who refuse to be vaccinated and put our patients first are responding this way,” said Dr. Boom compared to ABC. “It is legal for healthcare institutions to prescribe vaccines, as we have done with the flu vaccine since 2009. The COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be very safe and very effective in rigorous studies and are not experimental. “
117 employees are suing the Houston Methodist Hospital for needing a COVID-19 vaccine
The Texas hospital is facing a lawsuit over the coronavirus vaccination mandate